Person:Eliza Bonser (1)

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Eliza Worth Bonser
  1. Eliza Worth Bonser1826 - 1872
  2. George Bonser1832 -
m. 12 Jan 1846
  1. Samuel Singleton1846 -
  2. William Bonser Singleton1848 - 1849
  3. Mary Elizabeth Singleton1850 - 1932
  4. William Singleton1852 - 1925
  5. Bonser Singleton1854 - 1934
  6. James Singleton1857 - 1928
  7. Richard Singleton1859 - 1949
  8. Annie Singleton1862 - 1946
  9. Frederick Singleton1864 -
  10. Ada Jane Singleton1871 - 1959
Facts and Events
Name Eliza Worth Bonser
Gender Female
Christening[1] 27 Mar 1826 East Stoke, Nottinghamshire, England
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 East Stoke, Nottinghamshire, England
Marriage 12 Jan 1846 East Stoke, Nottinghamshire, EnglandSt Oswald
to Robert Singleton
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 West Allington, Lincolnshire, England
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 West Allington, Lincolnshire, England
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 West Allington, Lincolnshire, England
Death[6] 1 Nov 1872 Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire, England

Childhood

Eliza Worth Bonser was baptised on 27th March 1826 at the parish of East Stoke, Nottinghamshire. She was the daughter of Ann Bonser, a shoemaker's daughter. Ann was only 18 when she had Eliza and was unmarried. Eliza's middle name may be a clue to her putative father. She never used the middle name later in life - it only appears on her baptism. When Eliza was six, her mother had a son George.

In 1834, when Eliza was eight, her mother married a shoe maker named William Haywood, who thus became Eliza's stepfather. Sadly he died after only a month of marriage, leaving Eliza's mother Ann a widow at the age of 26, and pregnant. Ann gave birth later that year to a son called William, but then died herself. Young Eliza and her brothers George and baby William were therefore left orphans when Eliza was only eight years old. Eliza's grandparents William and Elizabeth Bonser were still living at East Stoke and the three children went to live with them. The 1841 census finds Eliza and her brothers George Bonser and William Haywood living at East Stoke with their grandparents.

Adulthood

By 1846, Eliza was working as a domestic servant. On 12th January that year, aged 19, she married a coachman and groom named Robert Singleton from Foston in Lincolnshire. Eliza's grandfather William Bonser was one of the witnesses to the marriage. They returned to Foston and had two children there, although the second died young. They then moved to Allington and had another eight children there. They stayed in Allington for at least 20 years. Back in East Stoke, Eliza's grandparents both died during the 1850s; William in 1853 and Elizabeth in 1856.

Eliza's ten children were born over a period of nearly 25 years. When her youngest daughter, Ada Jane, was born in August 1871, Eliza was 45 years old and some of her eldest children had already left home.

Shortly after Ada Jane's birth, the family left Allington, moving to Aston on Trent in Derbyshire. Eliza died at Aston on Trent on 1st November 1872 from abdominal tumours and exhaustion. She was 46. Her youngest daughter Ada Jane was only fourteen months old at the time.

After Eliza's death, Robert did not stay in Aston on Trent. He moved to Bainton in Northamptonshire, and outlived Eliza by about 29 years.

References
  1. Copy of baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Church of East Stoke (Nottinghamshire). Bishop's transcripts of East Stoke, 1602-1843. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966), Primary quality.
    COPIES of the Register Books of BAPTISMS, BURIALS and MARRIAGES, solemnized in the Parish of East Stoke in the Diocese of York in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty six
    When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParent's NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    March 27thEliza Worth Dau[ghte]r ofAnnBonsor
    illegitimate
    StokeW[illia]m Bartlett, Vicar
  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 867; Book 1; Folio 6; Page 6, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.

    Address: East Stoke, Nottinghamshire
    Willm Bonser, male, 70 [1766-71], Shoe M, b. Nottinghamshire
    Elizabeth Bonser, female, 60 [1776-81], b. outside Nottinghamshire
    Eliza Bonser, female, 15 [1821-26], b. Nottinghamshire
    George Bonser, male, 8 [1832/3], b. Nottinghamshire
    Willm Haywood, male, 6 [1834/5], b. Nottinghamshire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, lass HO107; Piece 2138; Folio 146; Page 23, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.

    Address: West Allington, Lincolnshire
    Robert Singleton, head, married, male, 32 [1818/9], Servant Groom, b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Eliza Singleton, wife, married, female, 25 [1825/6], b. Stoke, Nottinghamshire
    Samuel Singleton, son, male, 4 [1846/7], b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Mary Eliz[abe]th Singleton, daughter, 11 mos [1850], b. West Allington, Lincolnshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, Class RG9; Piece 2481; Folio 12; Page 18, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.

    Address: West Allington, Lincolnshire
    Robert Singleton, head, married, male, 42 [1818/9], Groom, b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Eliza Singleton, wife, married, female, 35 [1825/6], b. East Stoke, Nottinghamshire
    Samuel Singleton, son, male, 14 [1846/7], Ag Boy, b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Mary Eliz[abe]th Singleton, daughter, female, 10 [1850/1], Scholar, b. West Allington, Lincolnshire
    William Singleton, son, male, 8 [1852/3], Scholar, b. West Allington, Lincolnshire
    Bonser Singleton, son, male, 5 [1855/6], Scholar, b. West Allington, Lincolnshire
    James Singleton, son, male, 3 [1857/8], Scholar, b. West Allington, Lincolnshire
    Richard Singleton, son, male, 2 [1858/9], b. West Allington, Lincolnshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 3544; Folio 13; Page 17, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: West Allington, Lincolnshire
    Robert Singleton, head, married, male, 51 [1819/20], Coachman (Domestic), b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Eliza Singleton, wife, married, female, 43 [1827/8], Coachmans wife, b. East Stoke, Nottinghamshire
    William Singleton, son, unmarried, male, 17 [1853/4], Farm Servant, b. Allington, Lincolnshire
    Richard Singleton, son, male, 12 [1858/9], Scholar, b. Allington, Lincolnshire
    Ann Singleton, daughter, female, 8 [1862/3], Scholar, b. Allington, Lincolnshire
    Frederick Singleton, son, male, 6 [1864/5], Scholar, b. Allington, Lincolnshire

  6. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    1872 DEATH in the Sub-district of Shardlow in the County of Derby
    No. 346
    When died: First November 1872
    Where died: Aston on Trent
    Name and surname: Eliza Singleton
    Sex: Female
    Age: 46 years
    Occupation: Wife of Robert Singleton a Groom
    Cause of death: Abdominal Tumours Exhaustion, Certified
    Informant: Bonser Singleton, Present at Death, [residence:] Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire
    Registered: Fifth November 1872